Today’s entry in Han’s Worst Hits of the 70’s is the #1 smash from the bicentennial summer of 1976- Afternoon Delight by the Starland Vocal Band. In fact it just missed by a week of being the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 on American’s 200th birthday- Silly Love Songs was #1 that week- the next week July 10th- Afternoon Delight took over for a couple weeks. I wasn’t even much of a music listener at that time- but you couldn’t avoid this crap. I remember they even had a summer variety series- all because of one big hit song. Of course the show lasted six weeks and was history. I don’t think they were ever heard from again. Of course Afternoon Delight and The Starland Vocal Band were nominated for Grammy Awards- including Song of the Year.
Part of the thing that I detested about the song -was the perky syruppy bubblebum music sound of it. I think I got a cavity the first time I heard it. The man who wrote the song Bill Danoff was a member of the group- along with his then wife- her name was Taffy. Figures. Anyway Bill Danoff was co-writer of the big John Denver song ” Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The Starland Vocal Band were one -hit wonders- none of their other singles came close to the Top 40. They called it quits in 1980.